Clearing the Air on Common Plumbing Myths

Myth: Letting the faucet drip will save water.

While it may seem counterintuitive, allowing a faucet to drip can actually waste a significant amount of water. A faucet that drips at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year. It’s better to repair the leak promptly to conserve water and save money on your utility bills.

Myth: Pouring hot water down the drain will clear clogs.

Pouring boiling water down the drain may temporarily clear a clog, but it’s not a long-term solution. Hot water can cause grease and soap scum to liquefy, but they will eventually re-solidify further down the drain, leading to a more stubborn clog. Instead, use a plunger or a drain cleaner specifically designed for clogs.

Myth: Flushing toys or objects down the toilet is harmless.

  • Flushing non-biodegradable items down the toilet can cause significant plumbing issues.
  • These objects can get stuck in the pipes, leading to clogs and potential sewage backups.
  • Only flush human waste and toilet paper to avoid costly repairs.

At T-Mark Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we understand the importance of dispelling common plumbing myths. By addressing these misconceptions, we hope to help homeowners in Orchard Park, NY, Kenmore, NY, and surrounding areas maintain their plumbing systems effectively and avoid unnecessary problems. Remember, regular maintenance and professional assistance from our HVAC contractor can go a long way in keeping your home’s plumbing, heating, and cooling systems running smoothly.